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Former Tiller associate will appeal ruling

by Dennis Sharkey

The former associate of an abortion doctor who was murdered in 2009, Dr. Ann K. Neuhaus, rural Nortonville, will file an appeal after having her license stripped by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.

Neuhaus had her medical license stripped by the board at a hearing on June 22. Neuhaus was found guilty by the board of providing rubber stamp approvals for late term abortions to the late Dr. George Tiller.

Neuhaus’ attorney, Kelly J. Kauffman of Topeka, said her client had until Aug. 3 to file the appeal. Kauffman said normally an appeal would be a one page document stating the intent to appeal. Usually the appeal is filed immediately. However, Kauffman said the nature of this appeal is much wider in scope and takes more time.

An appeal should be filed sometime this week in Shawnee County District Court according to Kauffman.

Neuhaus also is fighting a more than $92,000 bill from the board for all of the proceedings against her.

The bill contains administrative and attorney costs for the board and the judge who presided over the hearings and ultimately rendered an opinion to strip Neuhaus of her license.

The bill also contains more than $48,000 in expenses for Georgetown professor Dr. Liza H. Gold. She was the expert witness for the case against Neuhaus.

The original complaint filed with the board was against Tiller. However, after his death the petitioners Operation Rescue turned their attention on Neuhaus. One of the complaining parties, Cheryl Sullenger, has been convicted in Federal Court for attempting to blow up an abortion clinic in California.

According to Kansas Statute anyone can file a complaint against a doctor even if that person was never a patient or had not even met the person.

In this case the complaint was filed with the board and the prosecution was initiated by the board.

Neuhaus, who has not spoken publicly since February, indicated then that the outcome was likely that she would lose her license and she questioned the process the board used in her investigation and subsequent hearing.

She took particular exception to Administrative Judge Ed Gaschler’s handling of the proceedings.

“It could have been written by Operation Rescue,” Neuhaus told the newspaper in February about Gaschler’s opinion. “It’s word for word what they had been saying. It’s like Gaschler stopped listening after day three.”

The hearings lasted more than five days. Neuhaus said after the hearings that the proceedings were more biased than what she expected.

Neuhaus’ husband, Mike Caddell, said recently that testimony and witnesses of his wifes were not considered or heard during the hearing.

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